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  • 04 Aug 2017 8:41 AM | Minet Hub (Administrator)

    ARCHIVE REVIEW

    Lambeth commissioned a review of the borough archive’s service in 2016. 


    The results were announced last week and include a recommendation to move the archives from their current site at Minet Library in Knatchbull Road. Sites identified include Kennington Lane, the new Oval House Theatre in Brixton or possibly the Gas Works in Kennington.The report includes a recommendation to create a new community archive at Minet Library site.


    If you would like to find out more, please email friendsofminetlibrary@gmail.com for a full copy of the report and/or come along to a meeting on Saturday 5th August 4pm - 5pm.


  • 23 Feb 2016 8:03 PM | Chair (Administrator)

    On Thursday, 17th March, there will be a meeting of the Minet Hub for those residents and stakeholders who are interested in finding out more about the work of the Hub and would like to help by sharing their ideas of how we can work together to support local communities to flourish.

     

    All welcome

     

    17th March

    7-8pm

    Longfield Hall 

    52 Knatchbull Road, SE5

  • 13 Oct 2015 1:55 PM | Minet Hub (Administrator)

    REVISED PLANS FOR MINET LIBRARY & ARCHIVES WILL SEE MOST OF THE LIBRARY SERVICE LOST, TO BE REPLACED BY GYM FACILITIES



    At the begining of October LB Lambeth released its Culture 2020 report outlining its plans for cultural provisions in the Borough.  Included in the report were its plans for Minet Library & Archives. However, despite receiving our comprehensive business plan detailing a proposal that would bring in new facilities and services, involve refurbishment and reconfiguration of the current building to expand local use and benefit, and an income generation strategy to ensure the long-term stability of the Library & Archives services Lambeth have rejected our suggestions and have instead proposed handing over the future of the Minet Library & Archives to Greenwich Leisure Ltd (GLL).  


    With an annual turnover of £13.3 million GLL is a non-for Profit Company established in 1993. Responsible for a portfolio of 145 facilities GLL has contracts in over 30 local authorities and other organisations.


    Whilst we would not question the abilities of GLL, we believe our vision for the Minet Library & Archives is credible and viable and should be taken forward. The original proposal to close and sell the Minet Library & Archives has changed, but there remains very little difference in the outcome of the revised proposal, in effect we still look set to loose our library.


    We are again calling on your support to ensure we have a Library Service that has been led and designed by people from within our neighbourhood. For this to happen we need to make Lambeth Councillors and Officers aware of our views in order that they reconsider the plans to give management of Minet Library & Archives to GLL.


    To help ‘Save the Minet Library & Archives’ you can


    • Attend the Meeting on Monday 19th October 7 – 8pm at the Minet Library
    • Sign the Save Lambeth Libraries petition
    • Write to our Councillors (Paul Gadsby, Jackie Dyer, Jane Edbrooke)
    • Tell other local people to support the campaign


    Thank you for your support





  • 27 Apr 2015 12:00 PM | Chair (Administrator)

    The Minet Hub would like to express its gratitude and thanks to all who supported the Campaign to Save the Minet Library & Archives.

     

    To everyone who signed the petition, attended the vigil, completed the questionnaire, responded directly to the Consultation, put up notices, wrote to local politicians, galvanised others, visited the Library, came along to the events, volunteered their time and said 'No' to the proposal we are very grateful for your support.

     

     

    We have submitted our 100+ page Business Case to Lambeth Council outlining why the Library & Archives should remain in their current location. Included in the document are cost effective suggestions for alternative business models for the development and sustainability of the Library & Archives. The document also contains a petition with over 1,000 signatures, ‘Save the Library’ cards created by over 130 school children and ‘Library in Danger' cards signed by nearly 90 people. You can read the Business Case here.

     

     

    Lambeth Council are now assessing all feedback to the Culture Services 2020 Consultation including our Business Case. We shall keep you updated on their responses and feedback.

     

     

    We hope you will continue to support the Minet Library & Archives; also do stay in touch and  look out for local  events and activities  by the Minet Hub and its member organisations, Longfield Hall, The Remakery, Myatt’s Field Park Project, Minet Conservation Association and Friends of the Minet Library.



  • 12 Apr 2015 8:58 PM | Minet Hub (Administrator)

    In order to fully represent the views of local people on the proposal to close the Minet Library & Archive, we are conducting a survey of local people.


    This short survey should take no more than 10 or so minutes of your time (depending on the length of your responses). However your contribution to the survey is valuable and much needed as it will ensure a range of opinions from our community on Lambeth's proposals are heard.


    You can complete the survey on line by following this link https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5C6KH6M



    Thank you in anticipation of your help. 

  • 10 Apr 2015 1:18 PM | Minet Hub (Administrator)



    The Friends of Minet Library are making a radio programme about the Minet Library and you, the people who use it.



    A HISTORY OF MINET LIBRARY IN 50 BOOKS


    COME AND TELL US YOUR STORY



    Participants will be invited to be interviewed for 5-10

    minutes to talk about their favourite book and why

    they love it. 

    They will also be invited to talk about what

    the Minet Library means to them.



    Interview days are:

    Saturday 18th April 10am-4pm

    Saturday 25th April 10am-4pm



    We are open to anyone and everyone from 2 to 102.

    Come and talk to us!



    For more information on this project or to book an

    interview slot, please email Juliette Kristensen through

    juliette@theartsandcultureunit.com





  • 10 Apr 2015 1:11 PM | Minet Hub (Administrator)


    Come along and show your support for the 

    Minet Library & Archives



    Monday 20th April 2014

    Minet Library, 51 Knatchbull Road

    6:30 – 7:30


    Last chance to gather as a community in opposition to the proposal to close the Minet Library & Archive before Lambeth’s Culture Services 2020 Consultation closes on 24th April.


    YOUR SUPPORT IS NEEDED.

    We want to show Lambeth the breadth of opposition to their proposals for the Minet Library & Archives


    Monday 20th April 2014

    Minet Library Knatchbull Road

    6:30 – 7:30



  • 17 Mar 2015 11:27 PM | Minet Hub (Administrator)

    MINET HUB: Bulletin 6

    March 11th 2015

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    Lambeth propose to sell Minet Library

    move the archive and cut Myatt's Fields

    Park budget by 50%


    Lambeth Council has organised a meeting to discuss these proposal

    as a workshop in Vassall ward at:


    Myatt’s Field North 

    Community Centre

    Wed 18th March 7-9pm


    Crawshay road- just off Cowley Road and near Normandy Road


    theme : community hub


    It is a free event please come along and hear what our councillors planwww.eventbrite.co.uk/e/culture2020-conversation-vassall-tickets-15709155507


    please become a member of friends of minet library at the following:
    Email: library@minet.org.uk or forum: http://www.minet.org.uk/library
    join the Minet Hub here: http://minet.org.uk/hub/membership


    please also check out lambeth documents athttp://www.lambeth.gov.uk/consultations/cultural-services-by-2020sign our libraries petition @ https://www.change.org/.,./london-borough-of-lambeth-save-lambeth- libraries


    and email or tweet your ward councillorsjdyer3@lambeth.gov.uk   pgadsby@lambeth.gov.uk   agallop@lambeth.gov.ukCultural services Cabinet Member: Jane Edbrooke on jedbrooke@lambeth.gov.uk or twitter@janeedbrooke



  • 13 Feb 2015 12:00 PM | Minet Hub (Administrator)
    Online edition
         

    MINET HUB: Bulletin
    February 13th 2015
     
     

    What is the Minet Hub? The Minet hub was set up originally to support a number of organisations around the park to include Longfield Hall Trust, The Remakery, MCA, Myatt’s Fields Park and importantly both the Minet Library and Archive.

    We have made progress in a number of areas: We were given £40k by Lambeth to do a needs analysis; to do a feasibility study; and draw up plans for the Library and Longfield Hall; which would have led to putting in a letter of interest to the lottery fund to redevelop the the Library and to submit a business plan from 2015 - 2019.

    But we received a blow to all this work with the launch of both: 
    cultural services by 2020’ and ‘future of lambeth libraries and community buildings
    on friday 30th January which proposes to:

    Close the Minet Library
     
     

    They plan to sell Minet and Waterloo sites to fund a £10million endowment pot and to turn the Durning, Carnegie, and Upper Norwood Libraries into community led models run by volunteers.

    We cannot let this happen, there are few community building in this area.They plan to sell the site, we do not need anymore housing in the area. We must stop this happening and the Council is most likely to be swayed if we can come up with both plans for the buildings and crucially, funding.

    Our first meeting of the Friends of Minet Library is on Monday 23rd February at 7pm. Venue: Minet Library

     
    They also plan to cut funding of the park by 50% from 2016

    This might mean only the minimum is done- the grass gets cut, we would have no permanent gardener, no park manager on site - no development worker. We were hoping to be one of the first park pioneers and would employ local people and streetscape to do the grounds maintenance. We are still hoping that this can be done in 2015 but have grave doubts about 2016 and with only a board of volunteers it will be very difficult without this support and funding.

    everything in the park will be affected: 

    • the water play would be turned off, as we have no funds to check water quality
    • no one to manage the greenhouse, cafe and one o’clock club, without support they would go
    • if the Veolia contract goes, it might leave the park gates open 24/7

    we have until 24th April to come up with recommendations and a basic outline business plan for both park and library.

    we need your help - 6 simple actions you can do NOW!

    1. become a member of Friends of Minet Library by joining the Minet Hub for free: http://minet.org.uk/hub/membership
    2. follow Friends of Minet Library on twitter @MinetLibrary
    3. express your views by commenting in our online forums, blog posts and news items: http://www.minet.org.uk/library or email library@minet.org.uk
    4. please get in touch if you want to help with the park: info@myattsfields park.com
    5. check out Lambeth documents at http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/consultations/cultural-services-by-2020 
    6. add your name to the Lambeth libraries petition @ http://www.change.org/p/london-borough-of-lambeth-save-lambeth-libraries

    and email or tweet your ward councillors:

    Jacqui Dyer email: jdyer3@lambeth.gov.uk twitter: @jaykey2u
    Paul Gadsby email: pgadsby@lambeth.gov.uk twitter: @Paul_Gadsby
    Annie Gallop email: agallop@lambeth.gov.uk twitter: @AnnieGallop
    Cultural services Cabinet Member: Jane Edbrooke on jedbrooke@lambeth.gov.uk or twitter @janeedbrooke


     
     
     
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  • 31 Jan 2015 12:00 PM | Chair (Administrator)
    Yesterday, Lambeth Council launched a public consultation in which there are proposals to make major cuts to services in this area.


    These include:
    • Moving Lambeth Archives from Minet Library building
    • Closing the Library in 2015
    • Selling the Minet Library building to developers in 2016
    • Making savage cuts to park budgets and staffing


    We must stop this happening but it would appear from recent consultations that the Council is most likely to be swayed if we can come up with both plans and crucially, funding, to help them think differently about the future of public buildings and services in the area.


    We need your help.


    Please could I ask that you:
    • Look at the consultation and take the time to respond to it (closing date April 2015) http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/consultations/cultural-services-by-2020
    • Tell your friends/neighbours too
    • Show your support by using the Library and Archives more.
    • Actively support the Friends of Minet Library – join the group and help develop plans to retain and repurpose the building for future generations to enjoy.
    • Post comments onto the forums, website and email accounts for Friends of Minet Library
    • Let Friends of Minet Library know what you think:


    This bulletin is also available for distribution as a PDF docment here.

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